Writing When You Don’t Feel Like Writing

I call myself a writer. I am a writer, in the past, now, and in the future. But there are days when I really don’t feel like writing.

There were years in times past where I never wrote anything except news articles and the odd lesson plan. Those memories of the old days make me always a bit guilty when I go a day without writing.

I’m a little irritated that I haven’t done a new podcast recently. That doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, since it’s not like I’m trying to monetize it (yet) or that I’m that experienced at it. But if I consider myself a creative person, I need to create and hustle, right?

It’s sort of like some aspects of teaching for me. There are times when I have fun in the classroom, especially teaching writing. (That likely will be worthy of at least a few later posts). However, I can take or leave having to sit down and grade stuff.

The point is that there always are things that you can take or leave about any job or any passion. Sometimes you get in the groove and can write for hours and hours. And there’s other times that I can stare at that screen and want to do anything else.

There’s times when I just need to get distracted, to be honest. Today I wanted to just relax before getting back into the groove of the teaching week. (Last year in the classroom was massively stressful for me. I’m feeling much more comfortable in my new district.)

So, I sat down for the day. I checked out the Italian Grand Prix, as I’ve started to get into Formula One this year. I watched Liverpool beat Leeds today 3-0 and saw poor Harry Wilson get his ankle done in. I saw Aaron Rodgers and the Packers get whipped, and now I’ve got Football Night In America on.

For the later part of the day, I’ve had my son back home for the day after he moved to Des Moines for a new job. I enjoyed watching the games with him and dinner, even if he snoozed through a good part of it.

And, all this time I thought I didn’t really have anything to write about. Maybe this wasn’t the perfect post, but at least I wrote something.

Sometimes that is good enough.

5 thoughts on “Writing When You Don’t Feel Like Writing

  1. Oh yeah, we often over-romanticise writing, and forget that it doesn’t need to be a grand gesture to be considered ‘real’ writing. The fact that you put up this post shows that you take the craft seriously, because anyone else would’ve just skipped this writing session. Do write on and keep inspiring!


  2. One thing I’ve learned when it comes to writing or anything is you need a balance of it all, sometimes as much as you may want to always write about something or even play a certain game, there are going to be moments where you want to do anything else then writing that next post or playing that game that you love so much!

    It’s always good to take that break and step away from the computer for a while and enjoy that time off or discovering a new game that brings excitement back into your playing time! We’ll always come back to it, however it’s okay to say I’m just not going to do it today….

    We may not always feel or think it, but we need to do that at times, so that we can get back into it properly and get inspiration for it again!! It’s alright if you want to do everything else, then always constantly trying to get yourself to write something or force yourself to just play that one game and feel burnt out from it all together!

    It’s important to take care of yourself and when you’re feeling you are not really up for it, that’s your creativity letting you know that it still needs a bit of a recharge and your body and mind saying you need some rest ^_^

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    1. It’s that balance that I need to have, especially when I also am trying to balance teaching and other items in my life. I just find that if I overdo things, I get burned out very easily. I just want to make sure I am being productive and focused because there were so many years that I just drifted. In the end, I think I’ve become a better writer through those experiences, but I want to make up for lost time. I need to keep it easy on myself – or, at least, I need to keep it in mind.

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